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Wim Delvoye: The Order of Things at Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Geneva, Switzerland – From January 26 to June 16, 2024, theMusée d'Art et d'Histoire (MAH) is hosting an exceptional exhibition of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, a figure renowned for his innovative and subversive approach to contemporary art. This exhibition promises to engage and challenge visitors with Delvoye's unique perspective on the world through his art.


Wim Delvoye
Wim Delvoye and Marc-Olivier Wahler

Delvoye, known for his eclectic and iconoclastic works, uses common and unassuming objects as the foundation of his creations, transforming them into complex, thought-provoking pieces. In an interview, Delvoye shared his philosophy on art, emphasizing the importance of humor and the everyday object as an "equalizer" in society. By incorporating items ranging from Gothic cathedrals to intricately carved tires and laser-cut steel, Delvoye's work invites viewers to reconsider the value and significance of the mundane.

 

The artist's approach to his exhibition at the MAH is no different. Delvoye meticulously plans his installations in 3D to interact with the museum's spaces, ensuring that each piece resonates within its environment. His work's reception has often led to new insights and inspirations, as public interactions during openings have introduced him to unknown connections and cultural references, further influencing his artistic journey.

 

One of the exhibition's highlights is the way Delvoye's art bridges the gap between high art and everyday objects, challenging the notion of value and hierarchy in the art world. This thematic choice resonates deeply with MAH's own philosophy, as outlined by Marc-Olivier Wahler, the director of the MAH. Wahler admires Delvoye for his ability to see beyond conventional distinctions, a perspective that aligns with the museum's diverse collection, which spans fine art to practical objects used in daily life.

 

Wim Delvoye

Wim Delvoye(1965), Ball Track Venus Italica, 2023, Patinated bronze; H. 173 cm, ©︎ Studio Wim Delvoye


Delvoye's future projects promise to delve even further into the intersection of art, technology, and society. Expressing a keen interest in the metaverse and artificial intelligence, Delvoye aims to explore these domains without haste, focusing on quality and depth rather than being the first to market with new technological art forms.

 

The exhibition not only showcases Delvoye's artistic achievements but also aims to attract a wider audience to the museum. Delvoye and Wahler both hope that visitors will leave with a new appreciation for art, regardless of their prior interest or expertise in the field. By presenting art that is accessible, engaging, and devoid of pretension, they aim to demonstrate that art is not just for connoisseurs but for everyone.

 

"Wim Delvoye: The Order of Things" at Musée d'Art et d'Histoire stands as a powerful demonstration of art's ability to transform, challenge, and bring together diverse audiences. This exhibition invites viewers to look at the ordinary through a lens of wonder, to discover beauty and meaning in everyday objects, and to question the established hierarchies that influence our perception of art and its value.


Wim Delvoye

Courtesy of Musée d'art et d'histoire


Wim Delvoye

Courtesy of Musée d'art et d'histoire

 

THE ORDER OF THINGS


Date

January 26 - June 16, 2024


Venue

Musée d'art et d'histoire

(2, rue Charles-Galland - 1206 Geneva)


Open

Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00-18:00

Thursday: 12:00-21:00


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